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“bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”


endures all things.

Love perseveres in all things and can last through difficulties. The Greek word “endures” comes from two words: under and to endure, and means to stay under. The idea is to hold out in the face of difficulty. Love can take difficulties and will not give up. It stays under pressure. “Endures” is a military term meaning to hold a position in a war in the face of overwhelming odds. Endurance holds out and keeps its ground in the conflict. It has the ability to sustain an assault of the enemy. Love is undismayed in the thick of the battle. It can endure a great siege of trials; it can endure personal wrong. Love never gives up under pressure; love never gives up on anyone. Love does not stop loving even after rejection.


Love is undismayed in battle.


Nothing is a lost cause to love. Love has perseverance even under repeated disappointment. It is undaunted and possesses tenacity under personal attack. There is always an openness to begin again. No matter what others may dish out, love does not collapse under adversity. Love loves against overwhelming odds. Love does not throw in the towel even under frequent frustration. Love does not lose heart and courage or give up in resigned acquiescence. It has an active, positive fortitude. Most of us can be kind for a day, but to be kind in a protracted situation is another matter.

Ro 5:3, And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.

He 12:1, Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jas 12, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.